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Train travel to Heathrow from central London.... DONT FOLLOW THE CROWD AND SAVE £8.60 pp £6.90

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If you are travelling from Central London to Heathrow airport (T1,2, or 3) then usually Heathrow Express train service seems the most obvious/quickest and convenient route. This is often the case, …
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If you are travelling from Central London to Heathrow airport (T1,2, or 3) then usually Heathrow Express train service seems the most obvious/quickest and convenient route.

This is often the case, trains leave Paddington every 15 minutes and takes about 15 minutes.... however the single journey fare is £15.50 per person !!! (geesh!)

However, most people don't realise there is a similar service (not advertised). It is called Heathrow Connect. Trains leave Paddington (like Heathrow Express) every 30 minutes and take about 25 minutes (about 10 minutes more than Heathrow Express) .... but the single journey fare is only £6.90 per person !!! That is a saving of an astonishing £8.60 !!

The train takes the exact same route, leaves from the same station, and arrives in the same station at Heathrow (T123).. the only difference is that it stops at a few local stations in West London (hence the extra 10 minutes journey time) ..

Most tourists / visitors don't realise there is an alternative. But there is... just 10 minutes extra journey time to save an amazing £8.60 each... well worth it don't you agree ?

The trains are modern, quiet, accessible, boast lots of luggage space, air conditioned.

Don't follow the crowd !
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#1
why vote cold? very handy actually. thanks OP
#2
or just take the tube for about £4.-
#3
or just get the tube. £4.50 and if you can avoid rush hour its not much longer again, plus its easier to change to different trains to get around london.
#4
Good advice and similar applies to Gatwick Express
#5
very good post. most people do not know about it. do oyster cards work on this service? or is it part of the railway line? voted hot and rep left
#6
This is useful advice, but it's not really a deal. Perhaps it should be posted in a different place?
#7
How would people believe that saving a couple of quid by going by Tube would be a killer to this idea ?

This takes around 25 minutes from Paddington, whereas Tube will take at least double that and about 15 stops (at each of which some people will worry about their luggage).

That said Oyster fare would only be only £2 outside 7am-7pm Mon-Fri workdays (else £3.50/£4.00)which would make the Tube a bargain, especially for a group of travellers.
#8
Heat & Rep - thanks.
#9
shaahs
This is useful advice, but it's not really a deal. Perhaps it should be posted in a different place?


its a deal becuase its cheaper than another prodcut (in this case the heathrow express service)
#10
mk-donald
How would people believe that saving a couple of quid by going by Tube would be a killer to this idea ?

This takes around 25 minutes from Paddington, whereas Tube will take at least double that and about 15 stops (at each of which some people will worry about their luggage).

That said Oyster fare would only be only £2 outside 7am-7pm Mon-Fri workdays (else £3.50/£4.00)which would make the Tube a bargain, especially for a group of travellers.


it is cheaper. but when you have 10 holidays bags you dont want to be stopping at 1000 underground stops. what you pay is what you get
#11
Thanks, voted hot, never knew there was a Heathrow Connect as well as a Heathrow Express
#12
goodgrr
Good advice and similar applies to Gatwick Express


Gatwick - London Public Transportation (one way fares)
Gatwick Express £16.90 Every 15 minutes, 30 minute journey.
First Capital Trains £8-£9 3-4 times an hour, 30-55 minutes.
Southern Trains £8-£11 to 8 an hour to Victoria, 35-45 mins.

From here
#13
good post, i have used this service a lot ...
#14
Heathrow Express is a right rip off.
Some one pointed out that £ for mile. It's one of the most expensive pieces of public transport in the world.

Heathrow Connect is a worthwhile alternative service at a cheaper price.
However, also attracts a premium price for going to Heathrow.

You could take a normal train to Hayes and Harlington and then get a bus from there.
Would be a fiver if you used Oyster.

Bet value is without doubt the tube. But it's a struggle at peak times. (can be most of the day)

However, could be quicker depending on where you start your journey.

Getting to Paddington from a lot of areas of London is painful. So you might as well just jump on the tube and sit there and save some money.
#15
the express service is a lot more frequent though. when i arrived at the platform this evening, i didn't want to wait 30 minutes for the next connect service - not many would after getting off a flight and taking an age to get through customs - the express service is a rip-off though - and the tube give you a lot more options as to where in central london to alight
#16
schaf;2734305
or just take the tube for about £4.-

some people like hassle to save a pound....ever taken a pram with child on the tube. i did once...never again.....i took a taxi instead (wasnt much difference in price for a family of 4 and much less hassle)
#17
I know a better cheaper deal. catch the bus!
1,80 with oyster better than that is impossible.
it may take longer, but I save a lot of pounds in every journey.
#18
schaf
or just take the tube for about £4.-


...and miss your flight.

It has to be the slowest train journey in the world - took almost an hour when i (stupidly) did it.

Heathrow connect is certainly the best option of the 3 (by miles and miles and miles).
banned#19
i used the tube the last time i went to Heathrow. i maybe longer but it was cheaper
#20
Buses are a pretty slow but cheap way of getting to Heathrow as well!
#21
When I think the Stansted Express is old, in such a poor state that the toilets are often out of service. Since the trip lasts an hour, that takes some serious planning... All that for £15 one way or £26 return, talk about a rip-off. Just for this reason, I wish I could avoid this airport!

Many thanks for this offer! 10 minutes are well worth the saving! As for Gatwick, are the £3 tickets with National Express still available? The station being on the line from Victoria to Brighton, I'm pretty sure it'd come out at £3 too... I've tried different stations before and they all came out at £3.
#22
People have asked several questions which I will answer:

Many of you have stated that the tube is an even cheaper way of reaching Heathrow, this may be true... but for many it is an even slower journey. The journey time from Piccadilly Circus (I have used because there is no Piccadilly line from Paddington where the Heathrow Connect/Express departs from) is about 50 minutes.
The price is £4 if buying a paper ticket (cash fare) (£2.90 saving on Heathrow Connect) , £3.50 if using Oyster between 0700 and 1900 mon-fri... and £2 using Oyster all other times.

Of course it could save you quite a bit, but the journey is double that of Heathrow Connect and over 3 times as long as Heathrow Express.. so it really is up to the individual :)

Also someone has asked if they can use the Oyster card on Heathrow Connect. The answer is quite confusing so please follow carefully. If you have a travelcard (which DOES NOT include the one-day capping scheme on the Oyster) for either one day (paper only) OR 3 days, one week, monthly or longer (paper or Oyster) you may use this TOWARDS your Heathrow Connect fare. If your Oyster is PAYG only.. then it is NOT valid.

If your travelcard is valid for zones 1-2 then the additional fare to pay will be approx £6
If your travelcard is valid for zones 1-3 then the additional fare to pay will be approx £5.50
If your travelcard is valid for zones 1-4 or 1-5 then the additional fare to pay will be approx £5.40
If your travelcard is valid for zones 1-6 then the additional fare to pay will be approx £4.90

You should ask for this at the ticket office as a "from boundary" ticket. For example, if you have a one week travelcard, on Oyster, valid for zones 1-3, and you need a ticket to Heathrow T123 station on Heathrow Connect. Before boarding at Paddington you should ask at the ticket office for a "Single from Boundary zone 3 to Heathrow T123 using Heathrow Connect" the correct appropriate add-on fare will be charged.
#23
This is good. Plus you get to go on a Desiro 360 on heathrow connect!!!!


hot
#24
Oh and someone else mentioned about using bus... from Paddington to Heathrow Central bus stn (for T123) it would take about 2 hours and 23 minutes. I will explain the route, just in case anyone chooses to try it. This journey will cost £2.70 (using oyster) or £3.50 (one day bus pass):

At Paddington you would exit at the "big" opening entrance onto Praed St and find bus stop 'F'
Take bus 27 towards 'Turnham Green Church' this journey takes about 53 minutes, buses run every 7 minutes
Get off at Chiswick Police Stn and from the same stop 'SS' take bus 237 towards 'Hounslow Heath'
This journey takes 35 minutes and buses run every 8 minutes.
Get off at 'Hounslow Bus Station' Stop 'G' and walk down the High street for about 2 minutes to bus stop 'E'
Then take bus 11 towards 'Heathrow Central Bus Station' This journey takes max 39 minutes and buses run every 10 minutes.
1 Like #25
Voted Cold. :viking:

Why ? Listen to my personal experience.

Dad was coming from Dubai. And, he arrived a day earlier. So, we rushed to Heathrow.

I decided to go to Paddington as I had heard of fast express trains. Reached there at 10:30. Heathrow express tickets were £15 !!!! OUCH! I instead bought Heathrow Connect tickets for £6.
The Heathrow Conenct service is absolutely bad. It doesn't say anywhere where the train will come NOR when and you ahve to roam around, checking each platform. Also, there's no staff around to ask.

So, train eventually arrived at 10:57. It was slow! District line is faster than this. And it stops at so many stations! Reached Heathrow at 11:30.

Some of you have talked about using the Underground. By all means, go for it. It is cheaper ( depends which Zone you are travelling from. For me, it cost £2 from my zone 5 in the essex side ). Plus, the Piccaddilly line travels at a decent speed. Yes, faster than Heathrow disconnect.
AND ... when you get off the Piccadilly line at Heathrow's udnerground stations, you just get off the train , go up one escalator and VOILA! you are at Heathrow. For Connect and Express, you have to walk a while and then climb up endless escalators before coming to the actual airport.

Luckily, we got ON the last Piccaddilly train from Heathrow and got home. Otherwise, it would have been £100 in taxi fare!

If I ahd used Piccaddilly line, I would have reached Heathrow at 11.
#26
On the semantics of posting -which someone questioned - I guess this is a tip rather than a deal as it has and (most likely) will always be present. This however really irrelevant.

I think it is a very good post :thumbsup: as unlike Gatwick airport many people do not know of the alternative ways of getting to Heathrow.

The tube has its Pros and Cons - one of the big Problems which has not been mentioned, is if you have lots of Luggage. There are no storage racks. Instead you have to sit or stand by them to prevent them from falling over. Add to that the fact that some stations are Luggage unfriendly. In talking about time to LHR remember that we all have different starting points and for some instead of travelling to Paddington to catch a train it might be as quick catching the tube direct to Heathrow.
#27
Also worth to note that, If any engineering works happen in underground (picadilly line) Oyster card holders can travel free in Heathrow express (they don't even check / ask to touch the card).
#28
A lot of the times that you use the Heathrow Connect you won't even get anyone checking your tickets.

I've seen ticket men and women come on and say "tickets please" and then the commuter will show them their OYSTER CARD and that's it. It is like they are banking on him or her to have swiped their card. I reckon you could chance it without a ticket on these trains. The only problem is if the ticket person has got an oyster checker. A little device that checks the Oyster card for its validity.

p.s did you all know that if you work in the airport and have an airport ID you are entitled to discounts?
50% off on Heathrow Express and I think its 50% off on the Heathrow Connect.
#29
unhappybunny
Oh and someone else mentioned about using bus... from Paddington to Heathrow Central bus stn (for T123) it would take about 2 hours and 23 minutes. I will explain the route, just in case anyone chooses to try it. This journey will cost £2.70 (using oyster) or £3.50 (one day bus pass):

At Paddington you would exit at the "big" opening entrance onto Praed St and find bus stop 'F'
Take bus 27 towards 'Turnham Green Church' this journey takes about 53 minutes, buses run every 7 minutes
Get off at Chiswick Police Stn and from the same stop 'SS' take bus 237 towards 'Hounslow Heath'
This journey takes 35 minutes and buses run every 8 minutes.
Get off at 'Hounslow Bus Station' Stop 'G' and walk down the High street for about 2 minutes to bus stop 'E'
Then take bus 11 towards 'Heathrow Central Bus Station' This journey takes max 39 minutes and buses run every 10 minutes.



It aint no wonder why you are an unhappy bunny then! lol
#30
schaf
or just take the tube for about £4.-


Yeah just take the Tube. It only takes a hour and twenty minutes, there are no luggage holds and your screwed if its rush hour. Oh and the last time I used it to get to Kings Cross from Heathrow it was more than £4 and that was 4 years ago. Heathrow Connect is an excellent service where as Heathrow Express is a typical of most things RIP OFF BRITAIN!!!!!!!
#31
PLAN AHEAD IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING ON SATURDAY/SUNDAY ON HEATHROW CONNECT

Heathrow connect has very few services on Saturday and sunday. Its only one service an hour on sundays and every 30 min on saturdays.

You can save 1/3 off the above fares if you have a Family/Senior/Young persons/Network Railcard

There is a website as well with train timings
http://www.heathrowconnect.com
#32
Excellent deal!
I will be needing to get to and from Heathrow in a few weeks time and would much rather pay the extra £2 each way (compared to using an Oyster card) and save almost an hour of my life (each way). Besides, it's not like I go to Heathrow every week.

Voted HOT!
#33
Guys, please stop saying using Heathrow Connect is good. It's not. [ Read my earlier post ]
#34
Well, for me - it would cost me £2 (plus 30 minutes) on the tube to get to Paddington first. That makes "connect" an hour-long journey at £8.90 (or £8.40 off-peak). So it is neither here nor there for time, but a lot cheaper on the tube (£4.50 peak, £2 off-peak). Of course, the tube is subject to delays, sweaty armpits and peak hour crowding. But I'm young, and willing to brave the extra half hour of tube-time I have to endure by taking that route.

Of course, each to their own - it's quite clear that the connect service works if you know when and where to go. My work is more than happy to pay for the express if it means I can work for half an hour more - for them it's good value! And the express is more reliable. For me, if I have the time - I allow a little longer and take the tube.

Thanks for reading my 2 pence...
#35
If you're going from the South East to Heathrow, then another cheaper alternative would be to get the train to Clapham Junction (Britain's busiest railway station), take a 20-minute train ride to Feltham (quickest trains are via Richmond, not Chiswick) and then take a single-decker 285 bus immediately outside the station (on the same side as the ticket office) all the way to Heathrow Airport Central (a 20 minute bus ride). You then get off at the central bus terminus and walk inside the National Express coach waiting area and take the lift down to the 1-3 Terminals.

The advantage of this is that you avoid a lot of the crowds (except on days when they're playing rugby at Twickenham) and the stuffiness of the tubes as the trains are air-conditioned, spacious and you can relax a bit more.

The only hassle is having to get your luggage up and down one set of stairs at Clapham Junction, although at Feltham, there is the option of a passenger lift.

If you already have any sort of travelcard (daily, weekly etc) in London (1 zone or more), then you can take the bus for free as it's included. Network Southeast or Annual Gold Card holders (and their selected named individual) can get a third off rail travel (for them and up to 3 adult members in their travelling party - whilst kids are even cheaper) after 10am Monday to Friday and anytime at the weekends. ;-)
#36
Just a word of warning for tube journeys to catch a flight. The tube is the cheapest option.

We went by tube to Heathrow (connecting at Liverpool street via British Rail) no problems.

However after flying back from New York, the tube at Heathrow was closed due to a body on the line earlier that morning. We were re directed to the Main Line at Heathrow which had started to fill up with stranded, tired, travellers. After not being allowed on the train that arrived or the next train there was news that the tubes were working. Back on the tube we had to keep getting on & off the same tube line as the tubes only went a few stops. Our journey from Heathrow to Liverpool st took approx 6 hours. If we were traveling to get a flight that day we would have missed it.
#37
Voted COLD - the problem with both the HEX & HEC is that it goes from Paddington, which isn't one of the best places to get to from central London
A tip though if where you are coming from / going to is on the Central Line -
The Heathrow Connect stops at Ealing Broadway, so you can get to HEC to/from Ealing Broadway and not have to faff with Paddington
Oh - and Oystercards & Travelcards (if it goes up to Zone 6) are valid as far as Hayes & Harlington
#38
As stated earlier, it really depends where you live. No way am I going out of my way to get to Paddington to catch a train for more money. Also, the train may be faster (ignoring the time lost turning away from Heathrow and stumbling through the station), but I find that on days you're travelling you more or less lose the day to packing/etc anyway. It's not like the extra 30 mins (or whatever) of time saved would have been better used at home anyway, I'd most likely just sit watching TV or leave early and then have time to waste at the airport.

Not that this isn't a good deal for those who live relatively close to Paddington!
#39
zahidworld
Voted Cold. :viking:

Why ? Listen to my personal experience.

Dad was coming from Dubai. And, he arrived a day earlier. So, we rushed to Heathrow.

I decided to go to Paddington as I had heard of fast express trains. Reached there at 10:30. Heathrow express tickets were £15 !!!! OUCH! I instead bought Heathrow Connect tickets for £6.
The Heathrow Conenct service is absolutely bad. It doesn't say anywhere where the train will come NOR when and you ahve to roam around, checking each platform. Also, there's no staff around to ask.


What a load of Bull.... there are many many departure screens at Heathrow.. this is clearly shown on the screens and the service name "Heathrow Connect" if you don't know how to catch trains by looking at screens then god help you finding your gate at Heathrow!

There is many information staff, including at the centre of the concourse, or ticket office staff to ask! You must have been walking round with your eyes closed.

The Connect is not as slow as the District line as you say, it stops at extra stations and takes TEN minutes longer than the Express. As I stated in the original post, travel ten minutes longer to save £8 ... take it or leave it !
#40
ukdoctor
PLAN AHEAD IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING ON SATURDAY/SUNDAY ON HEATHROW CONNECT

Heathrow connect has very few services on Saturday and sunday. Its only one service an hour on sundays and every 30 min on saturdays.

You can save 1/3 off the above fares if you have a Family/Senior/Young persons/Network Railcard

There is a website as well with train timings
http://www.heathrowconnect.com


You must be thinking about maybe if there is engineering works, because on a typical Sunday, between about 9 am and 9 pm the Heathrow Connect operates a usual 30 minute service in both directions, as it says in the timetable (taken from the Heathrow Connect site) :

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